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February 02, 2012

Bahrainis, Syrians voice support to each other's revolution

February 02, 2012

February 02, 2012

Bahrain and Syria face similar challenges. Both countries are ruled by minorities, Sunnis in Bahrain and Allawite in Syria. Sunnis in Syria and Shiites in Bahrain are trying hard to keep their revolutions non-sectarian and nonviolent in a polarized region.
To cross the bridge, The Arab Digest is interviewing Bahrain is and Syrians on their support to each other's revolutions in spite of the Sectarian differences. Here is our first interviewee:

Maryam Al-Khawaja, from the Bahrain Center for Human Rights told us the following on Bahraini support to Syria's revolution:

I of course cannot speak for the entire Bahraini population. If you go on twitter you'll find most of the Bahrainis support the Syrian revolution, or don't speak of it. I have yet to see anyone speak against it. The Bahrainis definitely compare their suffering to that of the Syrians, and consider themselves brothers and sisters in their suffering. They also view their demands and movements to be of the same nature, and oppressed people against an oppressor. They recognize the role these countries are playing, and that both are doing so for their own interest. Basically it's a proxy war between these countries, and the civilians are paying the price.

On the other side, the Arab Digest spoke to Yassin Hajj Saleh, a Syrian intellectual, on Bahrain's revolution, and this is what he had to say:

Of course, I support Bahrain's revolution. The common factors between the Syria and Bahrain are the intersection of the Sectarian issue and regional polarization. This intersection makes the revolution's victory more difficult in both countries. 

(PS. Expect more interviews, the post will be updated)


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